What’s the best advice you ever received?

The best advice I’ve ever had came from a tutor at college. She told me that the biggest obstacle to producing good design work was judging quality too soon.

The best approach, she said, was to churn out as much work as you could until your creativity was literally exhausted. And only then, begin the process of editing. It’s an approach that’s always helped me avoid creative block.

A short while ago we asked our Facebook followers what was the best piece of advice they’d ever received, and they didn’t hold back…


So, we’re opening the question up to a wider floor: what’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Do you agree with any of our Facebook commenters? And finally, what’s the best piece of advice you could give another designer?

Featured image/thumbnail, advice image via Fernando Sanchez.

  • HemanthMalli

    dont stop believing and start thinking smart

  • http://design-feed.com Design-Feed

    Save Often
    Use a grid
    Don’t use Bebas Neue.


  • Sreejesh

    Never be a hard worker. Be a smart worker

  • http://www.twitter.com/dxcrewe Dominic Xavier Crewe

    Advice I’d give to others…

    1. As a designer, consider briefs as problems and yourself as a problem-solver.

    2. Remember that there are an infinite number of equally valid solutions to any design brief.

  • 1076

    Promise your best. Overdeliver.

  • http://danicfilip.com DanicFilip

    Favorite advice has to be KISS. Whenever I feel like I’m not following the KISS principles I go for a walk or take a shower. It does wonders for me.

  • Suriplanta

    A teacher once told me: “Never get attached to you first idea because it is usually the most obvious”…

    • Tim

      Sometimes the most obvious is also the best solution. Also, the most obvious to you might not be the most obvious to other people.

  • Washa

    Tell your client what he wants, he doesn’t know but you do :)
    and absolutely

  • Tim

    Don’t trust a man that wears dress shoes without socks.

  • http://www.daverobertson.me Dave Robertson

    Use your sense of humour.

  • Sam C

    Practice safe design, use a concept.

  • The Lab Design Group

    If you do more than what you are paid to do, you will get paid more for what you do.